The 27th annual Wawa Welcome America event will be held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The six-day event will continue to be broadcasted on NBC10 and Telemundo62 on July 4, but will also be available to stream on mobile devices.
The event will still produce a concert broadcasted on July 4, at an indoor venue that will be unable to be accessed by the public to avoid a lack of social distancing.
Mayor Jim Kenney says he hopes that the event will “boost morale a bit,” saying he did not want to cancel the event altogether.
A press conference on June 10 will reveal more details about the celebration including who the performers will be. You can visit Welcome America’s website and follow Wawa’s social media platforms to stay connected within the following weeks.
As of Tuesday, the total case count is 18,537, a daily increase of 224. There are 15 new deaths, making the total 908 in the area, with 53% of the deaths being from nursing home residents. In the statewide daily briefing Tuesday, it was announced that all nursing home residents and employees will be tested for COVID-19.
Dr. Thomas Farley also made an announcement concerning sleep-related deaths in young children. He said that sleep-related deaths are the number one preventable death in children. To combat the issue seen in children dying from sleeping on an adult bed or a sofa is to deliver pack-n-play cribs to parents for free. The city is working with Indego to give contact-free delivery to parents in need. For this service, call (267) 432-5844.
Concerning school openings in the Fall, Mayor Kenney’s hope is that “school comes off as usual without a hitch.” He added that he will have a clearer picture later in the summer as to whether Philadelphia schools qualify for reopening in September.